You have probably never met any of the 234 people that make up the tiny, rural village of Dadeville, Missouri. But thanks to Stimulus funding, those Americans have access to clean drinking water. From the USDA:
“The village received a $390,000 low-interest loan to construct a new standpipe, new pump controller, and a permanent liquid chlorinator. The new water storage and equipment will alleviate health and sanitary standards caused by insufficient water storage.”
These kinds of projects are so important, and yet so easy to overlook. Like taxes themselves. When you think about where your tax dollars go, you probably think of the big ticket items — Social Security, the public schools, maybe the highway system. Sure, you’d agree all Americans should have access to clean drinking water. But it’s so basic, you probably didn’t think about it.
That’s where taxes come in. We don’t need to know someone in Dadeville, or how to install a pump controller. The people of Dadeville didn’t need to conduct a national advocacy campaign, or go begging to a charity to help them. We all just paid our taxes, and we got infrastructure improvements. Quietly, the democratic system worked.